This picture was taken on September 27th, 2010, in the fields of Gaiman. Chubut is 15 km from Trelew and at 7 pm, I took it with my Kodak camera. The whole valley is beautiful in Gaiman, with farms, where they raise cows, sheep, olives, cherries, fruit. You can go to have a Welsh tea. In the Patagonian plateau is where many prehistoric fossils are found.
The first home was built in Gaiman in 1874 and belonged to David D. Roberts. He and his family were considered to be the first inhabitants here. The first Argentine born descendent of the Welsh inhabitants was Dewi Roberts called Idris. Locals knew it as the Stone House, which nowadays is a museum. It's arranged with furniture, ornaments and furnishings from the time. The roof was rebuilt, however the rest of the house has been kept in very good condition. All information refers to the official Gaiman tourism page.
Now that I visited the first House of Gaiman that is now a museum, built the same year by David D. Roberts, I got to visit the street where it was built with chapels, schools, gardens and the post office with the roof, windows and doors painted a perfect green now. Today is the home of a settler and his family. The town of Gaiman (or stone point in tehuelche language) was constructed in 1874 after the arrival of a second contingent of Welsh who settled in the valleys because there was water and transformed the semi arid desert into a green valley. This can be seen touring the place, with it's ancient buildings, schools, houses, chapels, their irrigation channels, their alfalfa and talking to the locals, who are Welsh, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Arabs, a welcoming and charming community. From more information refer to the official tourism page of Gaiman.
The chapel was the centre of life for the inhabitants of the colony. All of the community activities were planned there. Until the first stone chapel was built between 1875-1877, just next to the station, the meetings took place in a family home in the colony. Since then worship was held in the chapel for more than a decade, until it was damaged by a storm that ripped the roof off. In 1880 what is now known as "Old Chapel" was built, and it is currently the Bethel Chapel. The Old Chapel was built in 1884 by an independent Protestant congregation. On this site the Chapel New "Bethel" was built in 1913 as a result of a religious revival in 1906, which now belongs to the Union Congregation of Free Christian Churches. The congregations helped to maintain unity and hope. Worship was every Sunday morning and evening and there was sunday school for the children. All information is taken from the official Gaiman tourist page.
On June 12th in 1887 the Central Railway of Chubut was inaugurated, and following this, on June 15th 1889 it was divided into two provinces names Rawson and Gaiman, reaching a fork in 1909 which disappeared in 1961. In 1914 a tunnel was built with the objective of overcoming the obstacles and thus be able to continue layung the tracks to Dolavon and years later also to Alto Las Plumas with the objective of getting to the mountains, a project that never materialized. The tunnel, with its unique curved shape was 242 miles long. It opens its black mouth to tourists as a silent witness of an era in which a train ran joining hopes and populations, then destroyed, the tracks and wooden sleepers were removed and it was never known what happened to them. All the data can be found in the the official tourism page of Gaiman.
This house is in the center of a garden, surrounded by trees and flowers, as a symbol of the place there is a teapot on the lawn, surrounded by the trees in the zone in red and deep green that serve as a backdrop. The garden is crossed by one of the Chubut river channels that was named for the tehuelches due to the transparency of its waters and its source is in the Andes. There are water mills that supply water for irrigation and a lovely grove that was visited by Princess Diana of Wales to retain the teapot, cup, plate and other articles that symbolize the memory of its passage. The ancient custom of tea has been around for years and a tourist attraction. Here you can enjoy not only great and attentive service but black cake, scones, ham and cheese sandwiches, cakes locally grown fruits, apple cakes, sweets and regional shortening and excellent homemade bread to rub them. A place to visit, repeat visits and recommend to those who still enjoy the tradition of tea family. When you finish and if you have not eaten everything they have put on the table they will make a package and take it.